1. kqedscience:

A New Explanation for ‘New’ Man
"A discovery in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, reported 10 years ago, moved one scientist to hail it as “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” The fragmentary bones, but only one full skull, of several individuals led the discoverers to conclude that these were remains of a previously unknown extinct species of humans.
The Australian and Indonesian scientists named the species Homo floresiensis. Some took to calling these unusually little people, who had apparently lived on the island as recently as 15,000 years ago, the hobbits. It was mystifying that people with brains apparently no larger than a chimpanzee’s, one-third that of modern Homo sapiens, would have been capable of making the stone tools found in the cave around them.
From almost the beginning, a few skeptics raised warning flags. Was the one skull sufficient evidence of a distinct human species? These people were small, yes, but how could the Flores skull be proved normal and not that of a modern human with any of a number of growth disorders that shrink the head and brain?
The skeptics have now revived the debate with two papers published on Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”
Learn more from the nytimes.

    kqedscience:

    A New Explanation for ‘New’ Man

    "A discovery in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores, reported 10 years ago, moved one scientist to hail it as “the most important find in human evolution for 100 years.” The fragmentary bones, but only one full skull, of several individuals led the discoverers to conclude that these were remains of a previously unknown extinct species of humans.

    The Australian and Indonesian scientists named the species Homo floresiensis. Some took to calling these unusually little people, who had apparently lived on the island as recently as 15,000 years ago, the hobbits. It was mystifying that people with brains apparently no larger than a chimpanzee’s, one-third that of modern Homo sapiens, would have been capable of making the stone tools found in the cave around them.

    From almost the beginning, a few skeptics raised warning flags. Was the one skull sufficient evidence of a distinct human species? These people were small, yes, but how could the Flores skull be proved normal and not that of a modern human with any of a number of growth disorders that shrink the head and brain?

    The skeptics have now revived the debate with two papers published on Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

    Learn more from the nytimes.

    9 hours ago  /  90 notes  /  Source: kqedscience

  2. Nobody even knows we are here and no one will miss us when we are gone.
    – My Evolution Professor, when talking about how big the universe is (via malgasm)

    9 hours ago  /  86 notes  /  Source: malgasm

  3. kqedscience:

How Does Evolution Explain Human Cannibalism?
“Most people only resort to cannibalism in extreme situations — and we usually view them as victims of temporary insanity. Starvation, we say, has “stripped them of their humanity.” But a closer look at these stories shows that cannibalism follows behavior patterns that are consistent with evolutionary theory.”
Learn more from io9.

    kqedscience:

    How Does Evolution Explain Human Cannibalism?

    Most people only resort to cannibalism in extreme situations — and we usually view them as victims of temporary insanity. Starvation, we say, has “stripped them of their humanity.” But a closer look at these stories shows that cannibalism follows behavior patterns that are consistent with evolutionary theory.”

    Learn more from io9.

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  5. diddlemydiddlies:

aaronthespiritbear:

Golf ball hitting steel at 150mph, recorded at 70 000fps

physics is so fucked up

    diddlemydiddlies:

    aaronthespiritbear:

    Golf ball hitting steel at 150mph, recorded at 70 000fps

    physics is so fucked up

    (via myfuckinggaybullshit)

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  6. myanacondawaswayup:

    *leans over to guy in urinal next to me*

    what’s better than this, guys being dudes

    (via mothensidhe)

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  7. coldswarkids:

edwardspoonhands:

thelegendofkungjew:

doxian:

d-dinosaur:

rknjl:

newvagabond:

NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 1860. LIVE.

NO ‘WRITING’… TALK TO EACH OTHER. THROW A ROCK AT YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 10,000 BCE.  LIVE.

URGGA. ROU GRAAURH. RUH.
<SMACKS HANDS ON WALL WITH PAINT.>

NO ‘HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONS’ …USE YOUR REPTILIAN BRAIN
EAT YOUR MOM’S CORPSE SHE DIED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SUSTENANCE
PRETEND YOU HAVE JUST AROSE FROM THE SEA
SURVIVE

NO “MULTICELLULAR TRAITS”….. USE YOUR SYMBIOTIC MITOCHONDRIA
REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY, YOU’RE YOUR OWN PARENT
PRETEND IT’S 2BYA
EVOLVE

NO “LIFE.” USE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FORCES TO FORM SPHERICAL OBJECTS REVOLVING AROUND ONE ANOTHER IN SPACE. 
FUSE HYDROGEN INTO HELIUM USING GRAVITATIONAL PRESSURE TO PRODUCE HEAT AND LIGHT. 
PRETEND IT’S 4.5BYA.
STABILIZE INTO EQUILIBRIA

NO “MATTER”.  EXIST IN THE VOID WITHOUT PURPOSE OR MEANING.
THERE IS NO “YOU”, ONLY THE VAST CONCEPT OF NOTHING.
TIME DOES NOT EXIST.
BE.

    coldswarkids:

    edwardspoonhands:

    thelegendofkungjew:

    doxian:

    d-dinosaur:

    rknjl:

    newvagabond:

    NO “TELEPHONES”. TALK TO EACH OTHER. FACE TO FACE ONLY. WRITE A LETTER. SEND A TELEGRAM TO YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 1860. LIVE.

    NO ‘WRITING’… TALK TO EACH OTHER. THROW A ROCK AT YOUR MOM. PRETEND IT’S 10,000 BCE.  LIVE.

    URGGA. ROU GRAAURH. RUH.

    <SMACKS HANDS ON WALL WITH PAINT.>

    NO ‘HIGHER BRAIN FUNCTIONS’ …USE YOUR REPTILIAN BRAIN

    EAT YOUR MOM’S CORPSE SHE DIED TO PROVIDE YOU WITH SUSTENANCE

    PRETEND YOU HAVE JUST AROSE FROM THE SEA

    SURVIVE

    NO “MULTICELLULAR TRAITS”….. USE YOUR SYMBIOTIC MITOCHONDRIA

    REPRODUCE ASEXUALLY, YOU’RE YOUR OWN PARENT

    PRETEND IT’S 2BYA

    EVOLVE

    NO “LIFE.” USE FUNDAMENTAL PHYSICAL FORCES TO FORM SPHERICAL OBJECTS REVOLVING AROUND ONE ANOTHER IN SPACE. 

    FUSE HYDROGEN INTO HELIUM USING GRAVITATIONAL PRESSURE TO PRODUCE HEAT AND LIGHT. 

    PRETEND IT’S 4.5BYA.

    STABILIZE INTO EQUILIBRIA

    NO “MATTER”.  EXIST IN THE VOID WITHOUT PURPOSE OR MEANING.

    THERE IS NO “YOU”, ONLY THE VAST CONCEPT OF NOTHING.

    TIME DOES NOT EXIST.

    BE.

    (via rena97)

    19 hours ago  /  735,618 notes  /  Source: agirlandhisplatypus

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  9. majortwink:

    in 4th grade we were making clay pots in art and our teacher kept saying “make them thinner! those are too thick they won’t work” so we made them thinner and when she put then in the kiln they all exploded and she told us it was our fault because we made them too thin and if that doesn’t describe the school system i don’t know what does

    (via allteensrelate)

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